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16 September 2017
By Rosa Shirm

Bringing a breath of fresh air to the design of indoor environments

In London, it would be unusual to complete a journey without encountering some form of action against outdoor air pollution thanks in part to the mayor’s focus on the issue. Now common sites include bus stops that relay data on the local air quality, hybrid buses patrolling the streets, green walls sprouting along the edge of office blocks and citizens using apps to navigate the least polluted route to their destination. Numerous, positive actions are currently occurring across the city that are working together to create a healthier, outdoor urban environment. Read more…

18 August 2017
By Chloé Souque

Legislative Change Raises the Embodied Carbon Issue

The EU Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive (85/337/EEC) first came into force in 1985 and was transposed in UK legislation in 1988. Over the past nearly 30 years, the EIA regulations have provided local planning authorities and the planning inspectorate with a framework to facilitate the consideration of the likely environmental effects of a proposed development when granting planning permission. It also enables key stakeholders and the wider community to be given an opportunity to participate in the decision making process. Read more…

31 July 2017
By Abby Crisostomo

Engagement is a two-way street: Strategies for utilities to help people help the environment

Last month, I presented at the International Water Association's Efficient Water 2017 conference. The quality of the content and people at the conference was incredibly high, better than many other events I've attended recently. A large part of this is due to the fact that the water sector is moving beyond the engineering details of pipe, pumps and membranes and into the reality of the role of people in sustainable water management. There were conversations on policy and regulations, development, behaviour change, customer engagement, demographics, incentives and market mechanisms, retrofits, strategic planning, university collaboration, home visits, apps for data sharing, certification, taxes, real estate transactions—and that only covers the sessions I was able to attend! Read more…

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